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Per Jonsson, Lorentz Lindmark, Jan Axelsson, Lars Karlsson, Lennart Lundberg, Bernd Stegmayr
We were encouraged to investigate the reasons for large amounts of foam observed in bloodlines during hemodialysis (HD). Foam was visible in the venous air trap within the Artis Gambro dialysis device. Estimates of the extent of foam were graded (0-no foam, 10-extensive foam) by two persons that were blind to the type of dialyzer used. Thirty-seven patients were involved in the dialysis procedures. Consecutive dialyses were graded using dialyzers from Fresenius Medical Care (CorDiax dialyzers that were used for high flux HD-FX80 and FX100, and for hemodiafiltration-FX1000)...
March 15, 2018: Artificial Organs
Shmuel Springer, Zvi Kozol, Zvi Reznic
The aim of this study was to test the effects of kilohertz frequency alternating current (KHFAC) surface stimulation applied to the ulnar nerve on force and myoelectrical activity of the abductor digiti minimi (ADM) muscle. Eighteen healthy volunteers (age: 27.6 ± 7.9 years; 10 males, 8 females) were included in the study. Each subject participated in one session during which a biphasic 7 kHz rectangular pulse was delivered above the medial epicondyle of the humerus to induce ulnar nerve blocking. ADM electromyographic (EMG) activity and contraction force were measured before (Pre), immediately after, and following 5 and 10 min post stimulation (post 1, post 2)...
March 8, 2018: Artificial Organs
Ina Laura Pieper, Gemma Radley, Abigail Christen, Sabrina Ali, Owen Bodger, Catherine A Thornton
Ventricular assist devices (VADs) are a life-saving form of mechanical circulatory support in heart failure patients. However, VADs have not yet reached their full potential due to the associated side effects (thrombosis, bleeding, infection) related to the activation and damage of blood cells and proteins caused by mechanical stress and foreign materials. Studies of the effects of VADs on leukocytes are limited, yet leukocyte activation and damage including microparticle generation can influence both thrombosis and infection rates...
March 7, 2018: Artificial Organs
Baharak Abd Emami, Elena Mahmoudi, Mohammad Ali Shokrgozar, Mohammad Mehdi Dehghan, Saeed Farzad Mohajeri, Nooshin Haghighipour, Seyyed Hossein Marjanmehr, Mohammad Molazem, Susan Amin, Hossein Gholami
Myocardial infarction is one of the leading causes of death all over the world. Mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) transplantation has shown a promising potential to recovery of ischemic heart disease due to their capability in differentiating into cardiac cells. However, various investigations have been performed to optimize the efficacy of cardiac cell therapy in recent years. Here, we sought to interrogate the effect of autologous transplantation of undifferentiated and predifferentiated adipose and bone marrow-derived MSCs in a rabbit model of myocardial infarction and also to investigate whether cardiac function could be improved by mechanically induced MSCs via equiaxial cyclic strain...
March 6, 2018: Artificial Organs
Sebastian Voicu, Georgios Sideris, Jean-Guillaume Dillinger, Demetris Yannopoulos, Nicolas Deye, Chantal Kang, Michel Bonneau, Jason Bartos, Antoni Kedra, Sophie Bailliart, Adrien Pasteur-Rousseau, Guy Amah, Philippe Bonnin, Jacques Callebert, Patrick Henry, Bruno Megarbane
Circulatory failure following cardiac arrest (CA) requires catecholamine support and occasionally veno-arterial extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (vaECMO). VaECMO-generated blood flow is continuous and retrograde, increasing ventricular stroke work. Our aim was to assess the benefit of a device generating a pulsatile vaECMO flow synchronized with the heart rhythm lowering systolic vaECMO output on the left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF) and pulmonary capillary pressure (Pcap) after CA. This experimental randomized study in pigs compared standard nonpulsatile vaECMO (control) with pulsatile synchronized vaECMO (study) group using a pulsatility-generating device...
March 6, 2018: Artificial Organs
Dmitry Telyshev, Maxim Denisov, Alexander Pugovkin, Sergey Selishchev, Igor Nesterenko
In this work, the study results of an implantable pediatric rotary blood pump (PRBP) are presented. They show the results of the numerical simulation of fluid flow rates in the pump. The determination method of the backflows and stagnation regions is represented. The operating points corresponding to fluid flow rates of 1, 3, and 5 L/min for 75-80 mm Hg pressure head are investigated. The study results have shown that use of the pump in the 1 L/min operating point can potentially lead to the appearance of backflows and stagnation regions...
March 6, 2018: Artificial Organs
Ijad Kao, Yu Xiong, Axel Steffen, Kathrin Smuda, Lian Zhao, Radostina Georgieva, Axel Pruss, Hans Bäumler
Hemoglobin-based oxygen carriers (HBOCs) are being developed as oxygen and plasma volume-expanding therapeutics though their potential to promote oxidative tissue injury and nitric oxide (NO) scavenging combined with vasoconstriction has raised safety concerns. Therefore, we focused on these aspects during preclinical studies performed with the recently introduced hemoglobin microparticles (HbMP-700). Besides oxidative stress, we investigated possible vasoconstrictory influence of HBOCs as well as genetic toxicity...
March 6, 2018: Artificial Organs
Stiljan Hoxha, Riccardo Giuseppe Abbasciano, Camilla Sandrini, Lucia Rossetti, Tiziano Menon, Luca Barozzi, Daniele Linardi, Alessio Rungatscher, Giuseppe Faggian, Giovanni Battista Luciani
Aortic arch repair in newborns and infants has traditionally been accomplished using a period of deep hypothermic circulatory arrest. To reduce neurologic and cardiac dysfunction related to circulatory arrest and myocardial ischemia during complex aortic arch surgery, an alternative and novel strategy for cerebro-myocardial protection was recently developed, where regional low-flow perfusion is combined with controlled and independent coronary perfusion. The aim of the present retrospective study was to assess short-term and mid-term results of selective and independent cerebro-myocardial perfusion in neonatal aortic arch surgery...
March 6, 2018: Artificial Organs
Brandon K Martinez, Brenda Yik, Raymond Tran, Sabrina Ilham, Craig I Coleman, Douglas L Jennings, William L Baker
Continuous-flow left ventricular assist devices (CF-LVADs) prolong survival in advanced heart failure patients. Anticoagulation control is critical in CF-LVAD patients due to increased thromboembolic and bleeding risk. We assessed the quality of INR control in CF-LVAD patients measured by time in therapeutic range (TTR). We performed a systematic literature search of MEDLINE and SCOPUS through July 2017 to identify studies evaluating TTR in anticoagulated adult CF-LVAD patients. Data on key characteristics and the TTR end point were then extracted from each study by two investigators using a standardized tool...
March 6, 2018: Artificial Organs
Rik H J Hendrix, Yuri M Ganushchak, Patrick W Weerwind
Design of contemporary oxygenators requires better understanding of the influence of hydrodynamic patterns on gas exchange. A decrease in blood path width or an increase in intraoxygenator turbulence for instance, might increase gas transfer efficiency but it will increase shear stress as well. The aim of this clinical study was to examine the association between shear stress and oxygen and carbon dioxide transfer in different contemporary oxygenators during cardiopulmonary bypass (CPB). The effect of additional parameters related to gas transfer efficiency, that is, blood flow, gas flow, sweep gas oxygen fraction (FiO2 ), hemoglobin concentration, the amount of hemoglobin pumped through the oxygenator per minute-Qhb, and shunt fraction were contemplated as well...
February 23, 2018: Artificial Organs
Morgan Moroi, Madison Force, Shigang Wang, Allen R Kunselman, Akif Ündar
The objective was to assess the i-cor electrocardiogram-synchronized diagonal pump in terms of hemodynamic energy properties for off-label use in neonatal and pediatric extracorporeal life support (ECLS) circuits. The neonatal circuit consisted of an i-cor pump and console, a Medos Hilite 800 LT oxygenator, an 8Fr arterial cannula, a 10Fr venous cannula, 91 cm of 0.6-cm ID arterial tubing, and 91 cm of 0.6-cm ID venous tubing. The pediatric circuit was identical except it included a 12Fr arterial cannula, a 14Fr venous cannula, and a Medos Hilite 2400 LT oxygenator...
February 23, 2018: Artificial Organs
Masanao Iwamoto, Alice Okazaki, Sayaka Murata, Masaki Hirukawa, Keiichi Miyamoto, Tomohiro Murata, Eiji Ishikawa, Toshimichi Yoshida, Takashi Horiuchi
In vitro biocompatibility assessments that consider physiologically appropriate conditions of cell exposure to peritoneal dialysis fluids (PDFs) are still awaited. In this study, we found that fragmentation of Golgi apparatus occurred in a pH-dependent manner within 30-min exposure to five distinct commercially available PDFs, which showed no marked difference in their effects on cell viability in the conventional MTT assay. Fluorescence microscopy analysis of labeling antibody against cis-Golgi protein GM130 indicated that the stacked cisternal structure was maintained in the perinuclear area of both M199 culture medium and a neutral-pH PDF groups...
February 23, 2018: Artificial Organs
Chitaru Kurihara, Masashi Kawabori, Tadahisa Sugiura, Andre C Critsinelis, Suwei Wang, William E Cohn, Andrew B Civitello, O H Frazier, Jeffrey A Morgan
Implanting short-term mechanical circulatory support (MCS) devices as a bridge-to-decision is increasingly popular. However, outcomes have not been well studied in patients who receive short-term MCS before receiving long-term left ventricular assist device (LVAD) support. We analyzed outcomes in our single-center experience with long-term continuous-flow (CF)-LVAD recipients with pre-implantation short-term MCS. From November 2003 through March 2016, 526 patients (mean age, 54.7 ± 13.5 years) with chronic heart failure (mean ejection fraction, 21...
February 23, 2018: Artificial Organs
Vincenzo Piemonte
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February 20, 2018: Artificial Organs
Calogero Falletta, Salvatore Pasta, Giuseppe Maria Raffa, Francesca Crinò, Sergio Sciacca, Francesco Clemenza
Use of continuous flow left ventricle assist device (CF-LVAD) in advanced heart failure (HF) patients results in clinically relevant improvements in survival, functional capacity, and quality of life. Peripheral artery disease (PAD) can occur in patients with CF-LVAD due to the high rate of concomitance between risk factors for atherosclerosis and HF. Diagnosis of PAD can be difficult in the specific setting of a patient supported by this kind of device because of the marked alteration in waveform morphology and velocity created by the artificial physiology of an LVAD...
February 13, 2018: Artificial Organs
Lotte Schraven, Andreas Kaesler, Christian Flege, Rüdger Kopp, Thomas Schmitz-Rode, Ulrich Steinseifer, Jutta Arens
Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) is mainly used for the therapy of acute respiratory distress syndrome and chronic obstructive lung disease. In the last years, the development of these systems underwent huge steps in optimization, but there are still problems with thrombus formation, clogging, and thus insufficient gas exchange. One idea of ECMO optimization is a pulsatile blood flow through the oxygenator, but this is still a controversy discussion. Analyzing available publications, it was not possible to identify a general statement about the effect of pulsatile blood flow on the gas exchange performance...
February 13, 2018: Artificial Organs
Zhe Du, Zhonglin Zhu, Bing Yue, Zhanchun Li, You Wang
Polyether-ether-ketone (PEEK) is a potential alternative to metal alloys for use in the orthopedic implants; however, an in vivo study in an appropriate animal model is essential and has not yet been initiated. The aim of the present study was to gather some preliminary evidence regarding the performance and safety of a cemented PEEK-based knee replacement device in a goat model. Fifteen adult goats were randomly divided into two groups; the control group (n = 5), which received a sham operation, and the experimental group (n = 10), which received a total knee arthroplasty with a PEEK-based knee replacement device...
February 13, 2018: Artificial Organs
Thomas Schmidt, Birna Bjarnason-Wehrens, Stephanie Mommertz, Meike Hannig, Sebastian Schulte-Eistrup, Detlev Willemsen, Nils Reiss
Following implantation of a left ventricular assist device (LVAD), acceptable functional performance is now being achieved; however, peak VO 2 and peak work load (watts) remain considerably limited. Maximum physical capacity is essentially dependent on generated cardiac output (CO) and arteriovenous oxygen difference (avDO 2 ). We investigated the changes in CO and avDO 2 during exercise in LVAD patients with an HVAD pump (HeartWare Inc., Framingham, MA, USA). Approximately 6 weeks after implantation, 20 patients (100% male, 60...
February 12, 2018: Artificial Organs
Erich Gygax, Hans-Ulrich Kaeser, Mario Stalder, Brigitta Gahl, Robert Rieben, Thierry Carrel, Gabor Erdoes
Extracorporeal circulation triggers systemic inflammatory response and coagulation disorders which may lead to unfavorable clinical outcome. A type II minimally-invasive extracorporeal circuit (MiECC) is a closed system with markedly reduced artificial surface as compared to conventional extracorporeal circuits (CECC). The aim of this study was to investigate and compare inflammatory responses, complement activation and selected clinical end-points in isolated surgical aortic valve replacement (SAVR) performed with a type II MiECC circuit or a CECC...
February 12, 2018: Artificial Organs
Kei Iizuka, Nobumasa Katagiri, Yoshiaki Takewa, Tomonori Tsukiya, Toshihide Mizuno, Yosuke Itamochi, Kouko Kumano, Eisuke Tatsumi
In the development of a new device for extracorporeal circulation, long-term durability and biocompatibility are required. The CAPIOX SL Pump (SL pump, Terumo Corporation, Tokyo, Japan), which is a centrifugal pump using a two-pivot bearing, was developed with the hope of suppressing pump thrombus formation around the bearings. This study aimed to evaluate the in vivo performance of the SL pump in the condition assumed severe clinical situation for long-term extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) support...
February 12, 2018: Artificial Organs
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